Out with the old, in with the new – says travellers
New research from the world’s largest online travel insurer has revealed that 66 per cent of Australians want to holiday in new destinations rather than places they have previously visited.
The data revealed that 66 per cent of Aussies would prefer to holiday in new destinations – but this preference for new holiday spots declines with the age of the traveller. For instance, 74 per cent of 18 to 24-year-old respondents want to experience new holiday spots, but only 59 per cent of 45-to-54-year olds want the same.
Raphael Bandeira, Managing Director at InsureandGo, says: “It’s great to see younger people embracing new experiences and destinations, particularly as we are so far away from the rest of the world. While travellers want the full experience when on holidays, the right cover is invaluable to ensure they aren’t putting their wellbeing or financial security at risk.”
“Many young travellers do undertake risky activities while in foreign countries, which they wouldn’t do back home, such as renting a scooter or engaging in high-risk sports and activities. Yet even the most cautious traveller can be at risk to costly medical treatment.”
InsureandGo tips for staying safe when travelling
1. Make others aware of your travels. It’s always a good idea to share your travel plans with family or friends so they can contact you in case of emergencies. Print or send them a copy of your itinerary and include contact details of your accommodation to enable them to get in touch.
2. Get the required immunisation. As some destinations require immunisations, it’s important to do your research and be aware of the illnesses you may come in contact with. Mosquito-borne illnesses such as the Zika virus and yellow fever can be serious, so ensure you also pack the appropriate insect repellent.
3. Limit your belongings. Leave your expensive belongings at home while travelling, or if you need to take it, keep items locked away in your hotel safe. You should only carry a limited number of credit cards and cash on you to avoid theft and potentially harmful physical attacks.
4. Avoid drinking tap water. Stick to bottled water when travelling to countries with low purification standards, even when brushing your teeth. Try to avoid tap water and ice, and hygiene levels aren’t up to standards in many countries.
5. Get the right travel cover. Travel insurance from InsureandGo is from as little as $27, and an InsureandGo policies will automatically provide cover for 90 sports and leisure activities, as well as unlimited medical and hospital treatment.
InsureandGo (InsureandGo.com.au) is the world’s largest online travel insurer. It provides domestic and international travel cover to an average of 1.6 million people each year, provides 31,500 points of assistance around the world, and a 24-hour emergency medical assistance line. Since it was established in Australia in 2012, InsureandGo has covered 1.3M Australian travellers. InsureandGo is a subsidiary of MAPFRE Assistance, which operates in 51 countries.